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San Diego Padres vs. San Francisco Giants - 3/31/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

San Francisco Giants at San Diego Padres
Date & Time Sunday March 31, 2019, 4:10 PM (EDT)
Petco Park
San Diego, California
The Line
The Line: San Francisco Giants +144 / San Diego Padres -154 -- Over/Under: 8
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The San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres meet Sunday in MLB action at Petco Park.

The San Francisco Giants look for another win to get back to a .500 record. The Giants came away with a win on Saturday, but they have to be concerned with an offense that’s scored four runs in their first 27 innings. Scoring was an issue for the Giants last year and three games in, that issue hasn’t come close to being fixed. The San Francisco Giants have been held to three or less runs in nine of their last 12 games. Evan Longoria leads the Giants with four hits and two RBI while Steven Duggar and Yangervis Solarte have combined for six hits and one RBI. Jeff Samardzija gets the ball, and he was 1-5 with a 6.25 ERA and 30 strikeouts last season. Samardzija is 8-3 with a 3.64 ERA and 100 strikeouts in his career against the Padres.

The San Diego Padres have a chance to win three of the first four games for the first time since 2011. The Padres pitching staff has been impressive up to this point, striking out 26 batters and allowing just 20 hits in their first 27 innings. Who knows how long it will last, but the Padres have certainly turned some heads opening week. The San Diego Padres have allowed three or less runs in eight of their last 10 games. Offensively, Wil Myers leads the Padres with four hits and two RBI while Fernando Tatis Jr. and Eric Hosmer have combined for six hits and two RBI. Chris Paddack will make his major league debut when he gets the ball. Paddack was 13-6 with a 1.82 ERA and 230 strikeouts in his minor league career.

The Giants are 10-1 in their last 11 during game 4 of a series, 0-4 in Samardzija's last 4 road starts and 2-12 in Samardzija's last 14 starts. The Padres are 31-64 in their last 95 Sunday games, 5-1 in their last 6 home games and 5-1 in their last 6 vs. National League West. The Giants are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings and the under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings. The under is 4-1 in Padres last 5 home games. The under is 3-1-1 in Samardzija's last 5 starts overall.

Paddack had a really impressive minor league career and turned some heads in spring, but there's nothing that substitutes the major leagues and it's why I tend to avoid pitchers making their big league start. You just don't know what you're getting and nerves get the best of everybody. Samardzija has been terrible for the most part with the Giants, but he is a veteran who is finally healthy and can eat enough innings to keep the Giants in this game. We're getting big plus money to avoid a pitcher making his major league debut. I'll take a shot.

San Francisco Giants +144

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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